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still until he signs off. >> obviously you've been to the vatican once. i collect passports now. vatican counts because it is a sovereign. >> you cannot have mine. >> two stamps when i went -- >> if that is what it is, you'll have to get your own. >> no, it's very interesting, it is a sovereign state and i think that's something to keep in mind here. castel gandolfo actually is part of that too. it's the same state even though it has two noncontiguous locations. but it is part of the vatican. >> an asset of the holy see. we'll talk about castel gandolfo in a quieter moment. there's some symbolism to this also. castel gandolfo has played a really big role in the transition of the church over the years. they lost it for a while. it was given back my mussolini. it's been a different point of relevance over the years and will take on a different relevance today. so the car is traveling right now. we just watched pope benedict leave the vatican. there they are moving along. >> straight to the helicopter is where they're headed. let's go to christiane amanpour and father irwin who are in rome
. that leaves that very important vacancy and sets up a conclave of cardinals. vatican says by mid-march at the latest. vatican says we should have a new pope by esther sunday march 31. pope benedict will not take part in the conclave. usually a conclave happens after a pope dies. 1415 was the last time a pope quit in office. who is the next pope? he could come from developing areas of the world. it guarantees a lot of drama and a lot of black or white smoke coming from the roof is sistine chapel. march report concerns about the pope's health surfaced this past christmas eve. have it can watchers say he looked frail as he delivered the midnight mass. here he is riding in a motorized cart. the mass is moved up two hours to give the pope time to rest for the christmas day speech. he took the opportunity to urge peace in the middle east during the holidays and was looking rather frail at christmas before this big decision. dill * it was remarkable to watch him at the midnight mass the amount of help he needed to move anywhere inside of st. peter's. cart mall timothy dolan, the archbis
for joining us. i'm fredricka whitfield. the top stories we're following for you right now, the vatican is sapphiring back against media reports on sex, money and gay priests calling them unverified or completely false would if italian publications claim pope benedict decided to resign the same day he received an explosive report on a gay lobby lurking in the vatican. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in rome. >> they are blasting in uncharacteristically strong terms, fredricka, are these reports, reports that appeared in a daily newspaper, "la repubblica" and a week live magazine panorama which suggests that indeed this group of three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to look into wrongdoing in the vatican found or allegedly uncovered, according to these publications a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed according to these reports by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now, the vatican is roundly denying that these reports taking place, accusing the italian media of trying to influence the conclave, that group of 116
the vatican today as tens of thousands crowded st. peter's square for one of pope benedict xvi final public appearances. the pope will set step down 11 days from now, setting in motion the search for a new leader and maybe a new direction for the catholic church. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican tonight with more. anne? >> reporter: good evening, lester. tonight, the pope is on a week-long lenten retreat inside the vatican with the days of his papacy numbered. now, every public appearance of benedict's is a must-see event. for more than 50,000 people, this was the only place to be, a global villageful the faithful and curious in st. peter's square to say thank you and good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> as soon as he resigned, i knew i definitely wanted to come and witness it. >> reporter: 20-year-old thaddius howard of georgia brought an american flag. >> i wanted to let the pope know that he is supported by all of us from america. >> reporter: in six different languages, benedict addressed the crowd. >> thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me. >> reporter:? german, he s
that there are about 150,000 people around the vatican and the main road that leads to it. people are still walking towards st. peter's square, but they're being redirected to other parts around the square where there are big screens where they can watch the pope. nothing compared to the figures of the people we saw for the funeral of john paul back in 2005. that was a funeral and this is a different time in the church. the pope is driving through st. peter's square to wave to the faithful. he will have another meeting with cardinals in the morning. he will be speaking to his -- to the people that will select a successor. this is the last time that the pope will have such direct contact with the people. he is driving around among the crowd. a little earlier, the last speech that he will make in front of the people. many issues, he talked about truth. that is interesting when we consider all the things that have been coming out of the vatican and how many people suspect the pope is standing down because he is not strong enough to get a handle all the things happening within the vatican. let's speak
the new title pope emeritus. the vatican says he will continue to use his papal title rather than reverting to -- he will also have to change what he wears. the simple white people rope will remain. his ring and the papal seal, they will be destroyed and the new ones will be forged when the next pope is appointed. in a sign of changing times, he will also need to give up his twitter handle. let's speak to barbara. no more tweaking for benedict. i just wonder how much of a tweeter he was. >> not much of one, although he had a lot of followers. 1.5 million or just under 2 million, something like that. he has only tweeted a handful of times. i don't think that was a particular media success as far as the vatican policy goes. hopefully the next pope will also start tweeting again, possibly a bit more frequently. we while, this pope is engaged in his last duty as pontiff, beating the cardinals, really a last goodbye before he leaves the vatican -- meeting the cardinals, really the last goodbye before he leaves the vatican. he will be getting on a helicopter at 4:00 gmt, saying a final
as the college of cardinals prepares to pick a new pope the vatican is out with new information about a health scare for the guy who still has the job. >>> as rome prepares for the upcoming conclave to elect a new pope there are new details about pope benedict's day to day living when he retires at the end of the month. danielle nottingham brings us the latest from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican revealed pope benedict's closest aide will remain his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the duel role for the monsignor is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly what he's going to do and it's going to be benedict who decides what does and doesn't do. even the pope's brother has suggested the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told the priest in rome thursday morning he'll be hidden from view after stepping down. the holy father says he'll live a life of prayer at a former monastery inside the vatican walls. even though pope benedict is expec
will depart the vatican for the last time as pope. he will take off from the helipad just behind the st. peter's basilica there. and vatican television cameras will follow the journey, live, robin. >> what history you're witnessing, george. you're going to be there all morning long, live. >>> and here, with josh, sam, bianna in for lara. we have a full morning here in new york as well. we are going to bring you the latest encouraging headlines for your wallet. the dow surging near record highs. bianna's going to bring us that. >>> and how about this? the hairstylist at war over a fortune. the co-workers said they bought the ticket as a group. one of them claimed the whole prize for herself. and that would never happen here. >> mostly never. >> full morning ahead. >>> of course, let's go back, now, to george in rome. george? >> and it is just a glorious day here, robin. sunny, warm. almost spring-like. those cardinals that the pope met with this morning have already begun their informal discussions about who the next pope is going to be. and the pope gave them some direction today. they come fr
thompson has made her way to the vatican tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. first, some news about the pope's health. we learned today that three months ago, the pope underwent surgery to replace a battery in his pacemaker. the vatican officials say that pacemaker was inserted into the pope's heart before he became the pontiff. i asked a vatican spokesperson if that surgery had anything to do with the pope's decision to step down. he said no, that decision was made almost a year ago after the pope returned from his visit to cuba and mexico. now, since the shock of the decision has worn off, people here at the vatican are beginning to see the clues they missed to monday's stunning announcement. for example, why is there all this construction work going on at a monastery here at the vatican and who is going to live there? the answer is that is where pope benedict is going to make his retirement home. tomorrow, the pope will hold his weekly audience, and then later in the day, he will preside over ash wednesday mass, marking the beginning of lent. that mass was
the vatican as pope for the last time, a remarkable event that has not happened in some 600 years. long before cable. good morning, everybody we'll watch this together. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." lovely color. martha: lovely scene there in rome. it is incredible to watch. good morning, everybody. i'm martha. the pope is expected to depart the papal residence today. he will get on a helicopter. that will happen 11:00 our time. you will see it here on "america's newsroom". bill: the pontiff holding a final audience with the cardinals, the church leaders that will choose his successor from among their own ranks. his holiness sharing a brief, private moment with each one of the cardinals. he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next pope in the coming days. >> translator: among you in the college of cardinals, there is the future pope to whom already today i promise my unconditional reference and obedience. for all this with love and gratefulness i'm pose on you my heartfelt apostolic blessing. bill: amy kellogg is live from the vatican. what can we re
more about his health approximate, carefully guarded secret until now. the vatican reveals that pope benedict has pacemaker in his heart long before being elected as pope back in 2005. months ago, we now know he had surgery to replace the pacemaker batteries, an operation that was conducted in absolute secrecy. vatican says it was routine. the shock waves continue to reverberate for catholics around the world and a lot of folks seem to have the same reaction, even if it's something the world hasn't seen in six centuries. >> i shows what a truly humble servant. he loved our church so much, he didn't let pride get in the way. >> probably we're in the right times and listen to the catholic church and new generation of catholics. >> its demanding job. it takes a special person at that age to handle the day to day and far reaching plans of the church. >> i appreciated the word father smith used, retiring. when you can't do the job, hand it over. >> retiring is something we have never thought of but his retirement years, vatican says he will be moved in the vatican owned villa, a monastery
, a major figure at the vatican for years before he became pope benedict. german born. been pope for nearly eight years. nearly eight years and this is just a major, major bit of news this morning. coming out of the vatican, again, cnn confirming the pope will step down on february 28th, which is just a little over two weeks from today. >> and no clear reason. we're trying to get more details to share those with you. this is shocking. this is shocking, absolutely shocking. we'll continue to watch the developments for you, folks. 6:00. the painstaking cleanup getting under way after a violent tornado ripped through mississippi tearing apart homes, businesses and even causing damage to a university campus. a storm chaser occasi e er -- l. capture these images. this is 100 miles south of jackson, mississippi. this tornado is believed to have reached three quarter of a mile in diameter. hattiesburg took the brunt of a series of reported twisters that pounded that region on sunday. causing mississippi governor phil bryant to declare a state of emergency there. so let's go to victor blackwell, li
. ♪ >>> good morning. i'm chris jansing, live in vatican city. you can see the vatican behind me. and boy, there is an interesting energy in this city. preparations underway for the conclave. that will, of course, elect the successor to pope benedict after that shocking decision yesterday to step down. and another big story we're following is back at home, because the president is putting the finishing touches on the first state of the union speech of his second term. and we'll have a lot more on that coming up in this hour. but this morning, we are starting to get new information about pope benedict, and particularly about his health. decisions that may have played into his shocking announcement to abdicate. for example, we now know this morning, the pope has had a pacemaker for some time and actually had a minor operation to replace its batteries three months ago. we're also hearing for the first time about a fall he took while he was on a trip to cuba in mexico. just hours after his announcement, this video circulated. you can see it shows lightning striking st. peter's basilica, maybe
benedict xvi announced he's stepping down, vatican officials have now set a timetable for when the next pope will be appointed. >>> good morning to you from scottsdale. the spring training home of the world champion san francisco giants. coming up, we will have some old friends and some new friends. one's a furry friend. we'll show you in just a bit. >>> new this morning, america's most wanted fugitive and now, the search for a former police officer turned shooting rampage suspect is spreading south so mexico and investigators say they believe he may have had some help getting there. court papers say an accomplice identified by the initials j.y. may have helped dorner cross the border, but federal authorities telling the time to mexico is just one of the places dorner could be hiding, stressing dorner could be anywhere at this point. at a news conference this morning, police say they're now pursuing more than 1,000 leads. >> it is frustrating and we're hopeful that something will break loose from the public and that these leads will result in something very positive in terms of bringing
. >>> the vatican says the pope is resigning on february 28. still no reason. >>gretchen: 4,000 cruise ship passengers stranded in the middle of the ocean after a fire breaks out aboard the boat killing the power. the cruise ship is in the gulf of mexico and running on a backup generator. carnival cruise line says the fire was put out right away and no one was hurt. a woman on board called her husband and told him what was going on. >> she was crying and said they had no power, they had no running water. they had no way to use the bathroom. >>gretchen: the ship will be towed to mexico. it is expected to arrive on wednesday. >>gretchen: a real-life tragedy for reality tv. a crash yesterday near los angeles. all three members aboard the aircraft were killed. the cause not known. >>> a storm generated in southern california after somebody said they spotted christopher dorner. -- a lowe's store was closed. the city announced a $1 million reward for information leading to dorner's capture. >> this is an act of domestic terrorism. this is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect th
the vatican. why did pope benedict really say he is stepping down? and what does it mean for a billion catholics around the world? >>> in ruins. a tornado roaring up the street. electrical wires dangling. the massive cleanup tonight in one american town. >>> rescue. thousands of people stranded on a vacation cruise ship, cut off from the world. and the lifeboat on the way to try to help them tonight. >>> and honor and valor. the emotional ceremony for a heroic soldier. the lesson he teaches about the american spirit. and an unlikely little star in a suit and tie. >>> good evening on this monday night. a centuries old tradition has been shattered by a surprise. pope benedict, chosen to be pope for life, today announced he will resign, citing his failing strength and health. and the toll of his seven years, nine months and 24 days as pope etched on his face. there he was, as we saw him on day one. and now, much thinner, frailer. this is unchartered territory for 1 billion catholics around the world. no pope has resigned in 598 years. and it's happening just 48 hours before the holy seaso
that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, because the question, is it the pope's physical health or mental health that pushed him into this position? we hav
smokers who wish to do so. the vatican is getting ready for pope benedict's final public audience on wednesday. and thompson reports from the vatican. >> we have new details about pope benedict 16's life after he stepped down. he will be called pope emeritus. he will continue to wear white. those red pradesh is he loves so much, they are gone. he will wear brown shoes. >> the city of leon is noted for beautiful shoes and very comfortable shoes. when the pope was asked what he wanted to where he said he wanted the shoes from a on in mexico. to our friends from mexico, congratulations. >> the pope also give cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave. those meetings to even discuss the start date will not happen until next week. i am in vatican city, back to you. >> egyptian officials say 19 people were killed when a hot air balloon cannot predict hot air balloon carrying terrorists exploded in mid air. tourists were visiting from britain, france, japan, and hong kong. somehow a gas canister ignited, shooting the balloon high into the air. it reportedly exploded 1
the vatican. he will be the first pontiff to do this in 600 years emphasizing that caring out the duties of pope require strength in body, strength of mind, and he can no longer do it. amy has local reaction to the news and she will have more in the next hour. we will have new developments in the breaking news story and on our website at abc7news.com. >> more than 4,000 passengers and crew are stranded on a carnival cruise ship in the middle of the gulf of mexico. a fire in the engine room caused a power outage sending the ship adrift. this is the shift before the port in texas on thursday. a backup generator is providing limited electricity and a tugboat steams to the ship and it will be towed to the nearest port in mexico. >> report commissioned by joe petrino's family contradicts families of the investigation by penn state into the sex abuse scandal regarding sandusky. the family's review says paterno did not attempt to hide investigation contrary to former f.b.i. director's report for the school which said there was more concern about protecting the football program than protecting c
. >> reporter: the 85-year-old announced his decision during a meeting of the vatican cardinals. he said it in latin and it was definitely unexpected. his last day will be february 28th. right now we are standing in front of st. mary's cathedral. we are hoping to get comment from them a little bit letter this morning. even given his old age and ailing help, you normally don't see popes step down. the last time it happened was nearly 600 years when pope gregory xii resigned. he did so to end the civil war within the church. pope benedict emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope the leader of more than a billion roman catholics requires strength which he simply doesn't have anymore. after having repeatedly examed my conscious before god, i have come to the certainty that my strength due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise. pope benedict the 265th pope was born in 1927 as joseph in germany. he was forced into the hitler's youth at age 14. he served in the army but was desserted. he led the church since 2005 through a time that has seen him criticize
happened. jeffrey? >> reporter: good evening, diane. it's as if an earthquake has hit the vatican. the lights are still on, the buildings are still standing, but people here rocked by the surprise resignation of benedict xvi. it began as a routine vatican ceremony, but the pope's announcement in latin was anything but routine. "i have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the papal ministry." with that, for the first time in 600 years, a pope is resigning. benedict xvi was already old, 78, when he became pope. that was 2005. here he is almost eight years later, clearly frail and feeble. his older brother, father georg ratzinger, said today benedict is having trouble walking and had been advised by his doctors to stop traveling overseas. benedict will relinquish his papacy on february 28th. >> today's decision by benedict xvi came as a huge surprise to me, and, i think, to everyone in rome and everyone in the vatican. >> reporter: as a cardinal, joseph ratzinger was known as john paul ii's enforcer of religi
in tonight for shepard smith. the news reportedly came as a shock even to many at the vatican. after nearly 8 years on the job, pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of this month. his final day february 28th. the pope released a statement which reads in part that the governor the church quote both strength of mind and body are necessary strength which in the last few months have deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me, end quote. the pope's brother, who is 89 years old, says that he has known about this decision for months but some church leaders say they had no idea. i'm not kidding. i was very startled. i don't know what to say. i myself am waiting for information, for instructions as to what we would do now cardinals. boy, as soon as i find out, i will let you know. >> the last time a pope resigned the 12th in the year 1415. that was years before columbus traveled to the new world. before joan of arc was burned at the at the stake. before da vinci painted the mona lisa. he has no specific illness and
for instructions to come down from the vatican. that should be happening. but, again, he said he was just as surprised as everybody, and a a lot of folks that have passed by here, one woman saying, make sure you tell people pope benedict was a good pope, is a good pope. another man was also startled, worried that, in fact, our presence here suggested that perhaps it was more than just frail health, that, in fact, perhaps he had passed. not the case. he has just decided to step down. again, the news filtering to all of his cardinals, his archbishop, everybody in the catholic church, taking many by surprise today. chris? >> deb, thank you for that. please say with us. you and i have covered what may have been this pope's high point, the trip to the united states. it was such a re-invigoration point for so many of america's catholics. this latest sparks suspicions. why now? is there anything lurking there? is there ha secret? very little happens at the vatican that's a surprise. people know. he is 85 years old now, pope benedict. he says in his own statement that for some months he's been lo
. noon on the west coast, 9 p.m. here in rome. ash wednesday drawing to a close. the vatican behind me. that's st. peter's basilica you see over my shoulder where pope benedict xvi celebrated what is likely his last public mass as leader of the six billion catholics around the world. today also the first time we've seen his holiness since he announced he's too tired to continue his role as pope. earlier he told a cheering and tearful crowd that he is stepping down for the good of the church. now the vatican is giving us a better idea of exactly how that transition will work. we've also learned when the cardinals will meet to elect the next pope. much more on that later in this hour live from rome. but first, we have new signs that the rogue excop suspected in several murders died after yesterday's dramatic shootout in the mountains of big bear lake in california. a source is telling the associated press that a charred body plus a wallet and other personal items turned up inside that burned out cabin at the center of the standoff including a driver's license bearing the name christopher
officials hope to elect a news pope before easter. danielle nottingham has the latest from the vatican. >> reporter: the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> perhaps it will be good to have a black pope. >> i'm have south america, from venezuela, and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they're from, as long as they're wel open thelogically to welcoming in as many people into the church as possible. >> reporter: names are surfacing. cardinal peter turkson from ghana, could be the first black pope. cardinal sand ri of argentina is considered the top candidate from latin america. and andrew skoala is considered one of the strongest european candidates. pope benedict is stepping down because the 85-year-old says he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict received a pacemaker before he became leader of the catholic chu
the vatican about the health of pope benedict. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz, from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican has revealed that pope benedict's closest aide will remain as his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the dual role for monsignor giller gynesign is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly mahe's going to do. and it will be benedict who decides what he does do ask doesn't do. even the pope's brother has said the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning, he will be hidden from view, after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer. in a former monestary inside the vatican walls. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him around the vatican will be around for many years to come. >> reporter: tourists who make the pilgrimage here buy all sorts of le -- religious
. the vatican says they hope to elect a new pope by easters. the pope made the announcement in latin, saying, quote, after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainly that my strengths are not -- the pope's declining health has been an issue. he goes to and from the altar on a moving platform, so he doesn't have to walk down the long aisle. sometimes he using a cane. his brothers says the doctors told hi not to take any more transatlantic trips. >>> he is also an nbc vattian analyst. george, good to see you. you and i are in somewhat frequent contact, as you send out notes about what's going on, but did anybody really see this coming? i nope he's talked about the possibility of retirement, but now? >> i was going to say, chris, it's an unexpected pleasure to see you today. this is a surprise to timing, not to fact. the pope has indicated on several previous indications if he ever came to the decision in prayer and conscience he could not give the service the church deserved, he would leave, not stand on his ego or stand on ceremony. he would clear the path
the vatican just hours after pope benedict would be announ-- pope benedict announced his resignation. >> what will the pope do? he could become the most distinguished walmart greeter of all time. >>>, wi >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." nae north korea held its third nuclear test. >> president obama will in fact discuss the nuclear test during his state of the union address tonight. the president will say it merely isolates north korea even more. now the north says it tested a lighter, miniaturized nuclear device underground at its northeastern test site. margaret brennan is in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, nora and charlie. president obama is calling the test a highly provacative act. he condemned it in a statement overnight saying north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program constitutes a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. north korea has been warning for weeks that it was about to test its nuclear arsenal. on tuesday morning, it exploded a bomb in a facility one kilometer underground near the same location of it
will eventually move into a monastery for cloistered nuns in the vatican. officials say he will dedicate his time to prayer and reflection. brian? >> richard engel, thanks. >>> for a lot of american catholics, this pope was a man whose name they heard once a week at mass. a relative enigma compared to john paul ii, of course. an old fashioned man in modern times. and now the question for catholics and their church becomes what next. nbc's anne thompson is here with us, with part of that story. anne, good evening. >> good evening, brian. we're in such uncharted territory, that the vatican doesn't even know how pope benedict will be addressed after february 28th. when a pope dies, the conclave to elect his successor begins 15 days after his death. but now when it will start is just one of many mysteries in the wake of today's startling news. ♪ the cardinals, the men who will elect benedict's successor, were as surprised as the people in the pews. new york's cardinal timothy dolan on the "today" show. >> i'm as startled as the rest of you and anxious to find out exactly what's going on. >> reporte
-new information from the vatican after the pope's stung -- the pope's stunning announcement. a little bit more on what went into his announcement and the role he will play from here. bill: 4,000 people are strand on this ship. we'll talk to the coast guard helping them get back to port. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. bill: three people are dead after a deadly shooting at a courthouse in delaware. according to investigators the gunman was the father of a man who had kidnapped his children in 2007. was in the middle of a bitter custody battle. there are were duds of people in the lobby at the time of the shooting. >> when i first heard it it was so fast, pop pop pop pop pop. >> i s
for the vatican to find the successor by mid-march. reporting live in washington if abc7 news. >> thank you. stay with abc7 for continuing coverage of the resignation of pope benedict xvi. you can fine the latest information at abc7news.com and we will tweet immediate updates on twitter at abc7 news bay area. >> waking up, again, dry and clear this morning but we want to look at the whole week to see if there is needed rain in the forecast. mike? >> we need some rain. need some snow. do not have it in the forecast. sorry to start off that way this morning but it means an easy week of commuting weather-wise. here is a look at live doppler 7 hd, you can see everything is very quiet, with no radar runs and very dry air. temperatures from the mid-30's inland to the upper 30's to mid-40's around the bay right now. almost as cool as it was yesterday. temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 50's at the coast and upper 50's to mid-60's away the pay and low-to-mid 60's with total sunshine inland. >> sue? >> a look at the east shore freeway as you move westbound out of richmond through the berkeley area t
in the shooting death of a riverside police officer that brings the death penalty. >> the vatican is admitting pope benedict had a pacemaker for years and he underwent secret surgery throw months ago to replace the battery. the vatican says pope benedict will not take part in choosing the successor. he appointed most of the cardinals would will choose the next pope with the largest bloc coming from europe. in the bay area many who gather for mass last night prayed for the pope. some students hope the next pontiff opens a dialogue on issues such as married priests and same-sex marriage. >> i believe in a lot of the traditions and stands we have in the church but we need to move forward. >> i don't know about women priests but more respect and authority and power for the women in the church, the laywomen and the nuns and sisters. >> the pope resigns february 28 and the vatican hopes to have a new pope by easter, a month later. >> the white house confirms that president obama will talk about north korea's latest nuclear test in the state of the union address. right new, the united states security
again. >>> pope benedict is taking part in a vatican retreat this morning one day after speaking to the largest crowds of his papacy. allen pizzey shows us how obama is preparing for a new pope while benedict is preparing for the next stage of his life starting ten days from now. >> reporter: pope benedict has begun the traditional lenten weekend of retreat of prayer and contemplation contemplation, the sort of life he'll be leading when he goes into retirement. in his second to last appearance over st. peter's square he asked people to pray for the next pope. "a retired pope creates a host of problems that require creative solutions." benedict will eventually live inside vatican city that will allow him to keep out of the public eye and ensure security. because the vatican is sovereign territory, it will also make it impossible for lawyers to sue or prosecute him from the sex abuse scandals which some have already tried to do. when a pope dies, his possessions are normally sealed and put in the vatican archives but benedict plans to keep writing. so his not
announcement at the vatican. citing his advanced age and diminishing strength. the first pep to step down in almost 600 years. what this means for the catholic church. >>> going across the interstate. >> and breaking now, tornadoes slam the south. this massive twister through a town at the dinner hour. dozens of people injured. hundreds of homes destroyed. it looked like it was amile wide. new blizzards right now. >>> and good morning, america. a huge headline right now. pope benedict xvi moments ago making this announcement. speaking in lat on the a group of cardinals. and announcing his rezization. after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainty that my strengths, due to advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate carrying out of the ministry. >> the last pope to resign was pope gregory xii, almost 60 years ago. benedict's rescission to resign sets the stage for a clooichb to be -- conclave, to elect a new pope. ash wednesday begins this week. the most important 40 dmas the catholic calendar. >> the most significant spiritual period. let's brin
of the vatican and a surprise, unusual development. the pope is stepping down. we will have more coming up. >> a string of burglaries and two san materimattel neighborhoods. we will have more. >> plus we will have the latest on the search for christopher dorner. >> we're talking temperatures nearing 70 thursday into friday. today upper 50s low 60s. it is really the extended forecast that is interesting. sunshine and dry weather to go around for the next several days. more on what to expect coming up in my next report. >> it is still a pretty, right in the bay area. no hot spots or delays. >> big move, just hours ago something that hasn't happened in almost 600 years, and a boat is resigning. pope benedictus 16 an ounce in vatican city that he plans to resign at the end of the month. >> i can tell you that he met with the cardinals in rome this morning. he announced them and latin first. we have the translation for you and i can tell you he said in part. after having repeatedly examine my conscience before god, i've come before certain see that my strength due to an advanced age are no long
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